Deal Makers Conference Hits the Midwest

The Deal Makers Conference received an amazing turnout this past weekend with a full house of music enthusiasts, fans, and future entrepreneurs! Attendees arrived bright-eyed and early seeking advice and insight on the panelists views to the keys to success from music industry’s leading music executives. Local artists were given the rare opportunity to enter to be one of the select few to showcase their music in front of this top tier panel.

“This is the perfect opportunity for unsigned artists and producers to be heard and discovered by premiere industry and major label executives” says Quincy”Big Heff” Taylor, Def Jam Records Representative.

The Ravenel Agency, a New York-based talent, branding and lifestyle company, presented the second DMC in Ohio. The conference included a panel workshop and performances that offered the opportunities for artists to meet the Dealmakers of the music industry in an intimate setting.

Karen Civil says “The dealmakers event is such a great way to help bring talent who are seeking guidance get the answers they need in their musical careers. Also giving them a chance to showcase their talents to industry elite that can help take them to the next level”.

Conference leaders include Lenny Santiago(VP of Roc Nation), Eric Parler (Sr. VP of Music Development, Def Jam), Young Sav (Maybach Music) and Steve Carless (President, CTE/Atlantic Records), media heavyweights Vanessa Satten (Editor in Chief, XXL Magazine), Karen Civil, Reggie Hawkins (SiriusXM) plus TV Executive, Publicist More Media LLC CEO Alvina Alston, Cleveland’s own Dj Steph floss, Dj K Nyce, Ryan Wolf and many more. The Showcase was hosted by Rose D (Thisis50) and its Bizkit.

.“It was important for me to bring “The Deal Makers Conference” to the Midwest after discovering the wealth of undiscovered talent here. I wanted to expose Cleveland, OH to the real deal makers of the business. My aim was for attendees is to not only learn from seasoned professionals but to gain insight on the do’s and don’ts of the business. Participants also were afforded the opportunity to get a record deal on the spot; all of which has happened at the DMC to my delight “says Amber Ravenel, Founder/CEO of The Ravenel Agency.

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13 Year Old Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing Another Student To Death In East LA!

A possible gang member, just 13-years-old, was arrested Saturday for stabbing a 14-year-old high school student to death outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles. At approximately 1:30 a.m., investigators arrested the teenager at his home in Los Angeles. He was taken to the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station and booked for suspicion of murder, said Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The alleged murderer’s name was not released. The victim’s name has not been released by the coroner, but family members have told reporters he was Steven Cruz, a student at nearby Garfield High School

Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne added to credits of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated breakout hit, “Stay with Me,” both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s names have been added to the song’s writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with two others due to the similarities between “Stay with Me” and Petty and Lynne’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.”

Nominated for the 2015 Grammys in both the Song of the Year and the Record of the Year categories, “Stay with Me” has a grand, sing-along chorus that has echoed throughout the world. And, apparently by coincidence, it happens to follow the same chord progression as “I Won’t Back Down.” In a statement, Smith’s representative confirmed the news.

“Recently the publishers for the song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for ‘Stay With Me,’ written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of ‘Stay With Me’ listened to ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and acknowledged the similarity.”

Calling the musical resemblance “a complete coincidence,” the rep added that the parties “came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of ‘Stay With Me’ along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

It’s a similarity that’s hard to ignore, especially for those listeners who, unlike the 22-year-old Smith, were alive when Petty’s once omnipresent hit “I Won’t Back Down” and his Lynne-produced solo album “Full Moon Fever” were issued back in 1989.

In the months since Smith’s song was released in April 2014, not only has that melody been ubiquitous, but it’s unwittingly prompted a rise in “I Won’t Back Down” earworm viruses. Which is to say, when “Stay with Me” comes on, inevitably some of us make an unconscious connection and start singing the Petty song. (Attempts to reach Petty’s management for comment were unsuccessful.)

One important question in advance of the Grammy Awards, which will occur next Sunday on Feb. 8: Were “Stay with Me” to win song of the year, would Petty and Lynne get to receive the award on stage alongside Smith, Napier and Phillips?

Alas, no. In a statement, Bill Freimuth, the Recording Academy’s senior vice president for awards, said: “Since Lynne and Petty didn’t do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by Napier, Phillips and Smith for ‘Stay With Me.’ Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win. Rather, they would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work.”

Still, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich might consider arranging a mash-up performance of both songs during the ceremony. Petty’s fantastic album “Hypnotic Eye” is nominated for best rock album, after all. Given the Grammys’ long-held fondness for high-profile musical pairings, why not have fun with the coincidence?

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Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney Team Up for New Song

The single titled, FourFiveSeconds is available now on Itunes


The moment is finally here…Rihanna has new music!

In a surprise announcement Saturday afternoon, the “Umbrella” and “Diamonds” singer released a brand-new song featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney. You can listen foryourself here.

Titled “Four Five Seconds,” the stripped-down track features the Beatles legend on guitar and West’s impressive rapping skills.

“Now I’m four, five seconds from wildin’/And we got three more days ’til Friday,” RiRi sings in the catchy tune available on iTunes now. “I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’/I swear I wish somebody would tell me/ Ooh thats all I want.”

The surprise collaboration comes one month after the Barbados beauty accidently revealed that West is planning a North American tour for later this year.


While tweeting a link to her Diamond Ball auction, RiRi forgot that one of the lavish items up for bid was a “Kanye West Tour Experience.” Oops!

Something far more secretive, however, has been the 26-year-old’s upcoming album. Her last disc, Unapologetic, was released back in November of 2012 leaving fans far too many months without new music.

But during a recent interview with E! News, Rihanna assured followers that the anticipation would be worth it.

“Tell them they’ll have to wait,” she teased to Rihanna Navy. “I’m in the studio right now with a killer team and I’m excited about what we’re doing.”

Keep the new music coming! We love what we’re hearing so far!



New York rapper Zak Downtown drops a brand new​ Casey Veggies featured single for “Hiatus”, off his debut album ​set to be released February​ 2015.
​The track is produced by ​Cash Jordan and the upcoming video, directed by ​Charlie Zwick during Zak’s last Cali trip!
Growing up in Lower Manhattan, Zak is influenced by the 24/7 grind that is trying to make it in the city. Casey Veggies brings a little West Coast flavor to this brand new hit!
Zak is a force to be reckoned with! He has previously collaborated with Murda Mook and his free mixtapes have been a collection of remixed electronic tunes by the likes of Baauer, TNGHT, and Flume. “Hiatus” is in keeping with the club-friendly vibe that Zak Downtown is known for. He has already created for himself enough buzz with this new effort that points to success on the horizon. About the making of “Hiatus,” Zak Downtown says:
“My manager is friendly with Casey’s people’s so we just sent him some of the stuff we’ve been working on. It just happened organically after that.”

“By creating his own blend of New York style, electric vibes, and hip hop, Zak Downtown is redefining what it means to be a hip hop artist”- Vibe Magazine

“[Zak Downtown] is ready to do it bigger than ever in the new year.”- DJ Booth

Zak Downtown is also getting ready for his New Year’s Eve performance at the ​Dream Hotel in NYC!​

Mixtape: Anwar Bryce “Audio Euthanasia”

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About Mixtape: The talented emcee Anwar Bryce (@Anwar_Music) just dropped a new mixtape on us, “Audio Euthanasia“. You can hear his passion for his music and hunger for success throughout the tape. It has been receiving a great response since it’s premiere on Check out the mixtape and be on the lookout for more big things from him in the near future.

Click Here to Listen to or Download “Audio Euthanasia” Mixtape

Mark Wahlberg Victim Says He Shouldn’t Be Pardoned

Mark Wahlberg did some bad stuff when he was a kid, but at 43, he’s more than made up for it as a philanthropist and a role model for others. Right?

As the actor and producer petitions Massachusetts to pardon him for a hate crime he committed when he was 16, back in 1988, one of his victims says the answer to that question is no.

“I don’t think he should get a pardon,” Kristyn Atwood told the Associated Press. “I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception. If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it, I just think it’s wrong.”

Wahlberg attacked Atwood and other then-fourth grade students who were on a class trip to the beach in 1986, more than a year before the crime he is seeking to wipe from his record, in Dorchester, Mass. The Boston-born Wahlberg — still several years away from his turn in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch — joined his white friends in shouting “Kill the n-s!” and throwing rocks at the mostly black students until a nearby ambulance driver broke it up.

Atwood, now 38, still has a scar from the incident.

“It was a hate crime,” she said. “And that’s exactly what should be on his record forever.”

Atwood’s former teacher, Mary Belamonte, feels differently, though.

“I believe in forgiveness,” said Belamonte, who is white. “He was just a young kid — a punk — in the mean streets of Boston. He didn’t do it specifically because he was a bad kid. He was just a follower doing what the other kids were doing.” Still, Belamonte admitted that she was “really scared” during the attack. “My heart was beating fast,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it was happening. The names. The rocks. The kids chasing.”

The teenage Wahlberg was slapped with a civil rights injunction for his part in the crime. But he got into even more trouble a year later, when he was 16, and that is the crime for which he’s seeking a pardon. In that attack, a drug and alcohol-fueled Wahlberg knocked a man unconscious and punched another in the eye. That time, both victims were Vietnamese. Wahlberg again used racial slurs and again, it was determined to be a hate crime. Wahlberg was tried as an adult, and served 45 days in prison for the offense.

The Fighter star filed his petition Nov. 26. In it, he explained that he sought the pardon for many reasons, including the fact that he’s reformed himself with good works, such as the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which has raised millions for youths.

“The easiest answer is that my past convictions still legally impact me to this day,” he wrote. “For example, my prior record can potentially be the basis to deny me a concessionaire’s license in California and elsewhere. If I were to receive a pardon, however, I generally could not be denied a concessionaire’s license on the basis of my prior record, an important consideration given my personal involvement in various restaurant ventures.”

Wahlberg noted his convictions also prohibit him from “actually obtaining positions in law enforcement,” although he’s become close with officers in both L.A. and Boston. He already serves on the board of directors of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation and wants the opportunity to become more active assisting at-risk individuals.

“The more complex answer is that receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person that I was on the night of April 8, 1988…” he wrote. “My hope is that, if I receive a pardon, troubled youths will see this as an inspiration and motivation that they too can turn their lives around and be formally accepted back into society.”

The application is currently in front of the parole board.


Buzzing French artist and producer THE AVENER has released his North American debut The Avener EP[Casablanca/Republic Records] today, available on all digital partners. Purchase HERE.

Preceding the EP’s release, his single “Fade Out Lines” has become an undeniable viral hit. The song has accrued over 10 million views on YouTube and 12 million plays on Spotify. Moreover, the track vaulted to the #1 spot on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart in 13 countries and landed in the Top 10 in 20 countries. It continues rising around the world too, gaining steam daily.

An interpretation of Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws’ “The Fade Out Line,” “Fade Out Lines” seamlessly interlocks starkly danceable deep house and enticingly engaging indie pop. It’s a unique and undeniable introduction to one of electronic music’s most fascinating and intriguing new talents. The EP also includes The Avener’s take on Rodriguez’s “Hate Street Dialogue”, Ane Brun’s “To Let Myself Go” and an original track “Panama.”

THE AVENER will be bringing his live show and debut album to the US later this year – stay tuned!

The Avener EP Tracklist:
1.    The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer – Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework)
2.    The Avener ft. Rodriguez – Hate Street Dialogue
3.    The Avener – Panama
4.    The Avener ft. Ane Brun – To Let Myself Go

Kim Fowley, Music Impresario and Runaways Manager, Dies at 75

Kim Fowley, the self-mythologizing musician-writer-producer who epitomized Hollywood music biz hucksterism in the ‘60s and ‘70s, died on January 15. He was 75.

A ubiquitous behind-the-scenes figure on the L.A. scene, the towering, skeletal Fowley was best known as Svengali, producer and promoter of the all-girl ‘70s rock act the Runaways.

“Kim was a real rocker,” says KROQ DJ and fellow Sunset Strip habitué Rodney Bingenheimer. “Knew everything and about any record from the label artist to the music publisher’s email and address. He believed in rock ‘n’ roll. A tough exterior, (but) many of us know he had a heart of gold while helping introduce many new artists and songwriters over 55 years.”

“Kim Fowley is a big loss to me,” says E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who worked with Fowley on his satellite radio show, Underground Garage. “A good friend. One of a kind. He’d been everywhere, done everything, knew everybody. He was working in the Underground Garage until last week. We should all have as full a life.”

Though Fowley never registered any major hits in his own name – his 1969 Imperial album “Outrageous” barely grazed the charts at No. 198 – he had a hand in several ‘60s and ‘70s chart records. Consistently ahead of the curve as a talent scout, he was involved with artists like Warren Zevon and Cat Stevens early in their careers.

Blessed with a genius for self-promotion, with a sharp tongue and gift of gab that magnetized writers, Fowley styled himself, in English writer Barney Hoskyns’ words, as “the ultimate Hollywood pop hustler.”

Born in L.A. on July 21, 1939, Fowley was the son of Douglas Fowley, a familiar second-tier leading man and heavy in film and TV. He attended West L.A.’s University High, where his classmates included surf duo Jan & Dean and future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.

While still in his teens, he made his mark on Hollywood’s pop assembly line. He co-produced the No. 1 1960 hit “Alley Oop,” a comic strip themed-novelty single by the studio group the Hollywood Argyles. He went on to write B. Bumble and the Stingers’ Tchaikovsky-flavored instrumental “Nut Rocker” (No. 23, 1962) and the Murmaids’ chirping “Popsicles and Icicles” (No. 3, 1963).

In the mid-‘60s, Fowley relocated to London, where he penned the B side of troubadour Cat Stevens’ debut single and produced Them Belfast Gypsies, a spin-off the Van Morrison-fronted band Them.

MySpace Attracts 51m Users a Month, Thanks to ‘Throwback Thursday’

Don’t call it a comeback — call it a throwback. MySpace, the social-networking site so beloved in the early-aughts, now reaches 50.6 million unique users each month. That’s largely due to former MySpacers logging into their accounts to retrieve old-school photos to post on Facebook and Instagram for “Throwback Thursdays,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Each Thursday, hordes of users of MySpace’s modern social-media counterparts post retro photos using the hashtag #TBT. “MySpace was an early photo-sharing platform,” Tim Vanderhook, the CEO of Viant, which owns MySpace’s parent company, explained to the Journal. “So we still see a lot of people coming back to access old photos. They may not visit every day, but they come back once a week or once a month.” If you never deleted your MySpace account and can remember your old password, you too can dig up photos of you rocking bad hair, big braces and whitewashed denim. Just try to avoid looking at all of those *~sOnG lYrIcS~* and angsty blog posts.